One Tree Many Branches 2016-2017 Concert Season

The performing arts are a precious treasure, a gift given to mankind by God.  The tradition of excellence in music and drama is an important part of Ascension's worship milieu.  Our Concert Series of various high caliber performance media extends that excellence as a focal point in Ascension's outreach to the community.

All performances are open to the public and are held at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension.

No admission is charged but a free will donation will be accepted at each concert.  Please join us to enjoy these concerts and consider supporting the concert series by downloading and completing the attached form.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:30 PM

Praised by critics for her “deep, soulful sound” and “powerful, enchanting renditions,” Olga Kaler has toured 3 continents as soloist, chamber musician and artist-teacher, combining performing and teaching careers with equal success.  Dr. Kaler joined the faculty of DePaul University in 2004 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Violin.  She is a member of the World Symphony for Peace, appearing regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony of NY and The Chicago Ensemble. Previous orchestral engagements have included the Chicago, Boston and Indianapolis symphonies. She has held leadership positions in the Rochester, Ars Viva, Lake Forest and Syracuse symphonies.  Olga Kaler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Moscow State Conservatory.


Join us as we celebrate the release of Eclipse – a new release on Cedille Records.  Comprised entirely of music by composer Mischa Zupko, Eclipse is the title track of an album that revels in and draws inspiration from the beauties of the cosmos.  Saturday’s program will include selected tracks from Eclipse, featuring violinist SangMee Lee, cellist Wendy Warner and Mischa Zupko as pianist.  It’s a CD release party you won’t want to miss!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 4:30 PM
Christmas is a modern day miracle of ancient origin. Two thousand years of human history have not diminished its importance, and the joy of Christmas will resound for millennia to come.  In this special musical presentation, featuring our adult and children’s choruses, full orchestra, narration, dance, story-telling and images, we celebrate the antiquity of the Christmas story and reflect on the significance that the account of the coming of Christ has on our lives today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 4:30 PM
Step back in time and revel in a celebratory festival of music from the Baroque era (1590-1750).  The internationally-acclaimed group Black Tulip will provide an afternoon of music, dance, and costumes while exploring the rich cantatas for soprano and period instruments such as recorder, viola da gamba, lute and theorbo. One Tree Many Branches alumna Josefein Stoppelenberg provides the beautiful soprano voice for this unique and delightful ensemble.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017 4:30 PM
Experience mesmerizing musical moments as the Gene Knific Trio (keyboard, bass, drums) and the Merling Piano Trio share the Ascension stage.  The Knific Trio is an adventerous group whose wide repertoire includes jazz, 20th-century classical, pop, rock & folk music.  The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles, endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, precision and impeccable blend of sound.  The combination of these two extraordinary ensembles is sure to provide a unique afternoon of entertainment.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4:30 PM

Gold Company is the internationally regarded Jazz Show Vocal Entertainment Ensemble from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  The group is directed by Greg Jasperse.  Members are selected by audition from Western’s enrollment of more than 23,000 students.  With between 11-16 singers and an instrumental ensemble, Gold Company performs in every style from vocal jazz and show tunes to the hits of today. The group has been selected several times as “Outstanding Vocal Jazz Ensemble” by the International Association for Jazz Education. The ensemble has been awarded over 45 “DB” awards from Down Beat magazine and has produced 7 CDs.

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